Renegades 1 (Game 1)
Aug. 29 at MCU Park
When you only get three hits, you have to get them at the right time — and that was the key to this victory.
The Clones fell behind 1–0 on a solo homer in the second and were listless until the fourth, when Travis Taijeron’s two-out double plated Richard Lucas to tie the score.
It was only the Cyclones’ second hit.
The third hit came at exactly the right time. With two out and two on in the sixth, Taijeron again delivered, this time with a smoking, two-run triple to right center.
Starter Marco Camarena was impressive, giving up only the solo shot in the second, and scattering four other hits while striking out five. He mixed a wicked curve with a hard low strike all night long.
Nicholas Carr got the save with a three up, three down ninth.
Cyclones 0 (Game 2)
The Cyclones managed only three hits in the nightcap — and looked like a last-place team, not a squad battling for a playoff berth.
The Renegades got all over starter Eduardo Aldama, loading the bases on three consecutive singles in the third. A fourth single scored the game’s first run before a bloop to center and a sac fly scored two more. Just when it looked like Aldama might get out of it, he gave up a two-out monster triple to Chris Winder to bring the score to 5–0. And then he induced a groundout that shortstop Daniel Muno played into an infield single.
That sent Aldama to the showers — earning cheers from the Cyclone faithful.
The Cyclone split, coupled with a Yankee doubleheader sweep put the Clones four-and-a-half games back of the Baby Bombers for the McNamara Division crown. And a win by the pesky Williamsport Crosscutters means that the Clones are tied for the sole wild-card slot with six games to play.
The Cyclones are home against the Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449-8497] on Friday night at 7 pm. For info, visit www.brooklyncyclones.com.